The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX Index and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets.     

MXEF Options Manage Global Equity Exposure
On Tuesday, MSCI Inc. announced that beginning June 2018, it will include China A -Shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF).

CBOE offers options on the MXEF Index for investors who wish to manage global equity exposure. Cash-settled MXEF options have a $100 multiplier and a notional size   that is about 26 times larger than the options on the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF (EEM).

 For more information, visit the CBOE Options Hub blog.

“MSCI’s Big China Decision Looms Today” – Matt Moran,

“Top Buysiders: Build Dispersion, VIX/MSCI Liquidity, Variance, Bond/Commodity Vol Products” – Peter Thompson, EQ Derivatives

VIX Fix: Volatility’s World of Zen
Markets are ending the week with little fanfare with major market indicators holding at levels just under record highs.  Low volatility levels continue to persist across all market sectors as corporate earnings continue to improve and the threat of  geopolitical events begins to subside.  The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) remained tempered, having not closed above 12 in over a month, and dipping below the 10 level Friday afternoon.  Low volatility seems to be the theme for markets around the world as investors embrace a global zen.   

“Market Volatility Has Vanished Around the World” – Steven Russolillo, The Wall Street Journal

“The VIX is Not a Fortune-Teller” – Crystal Kim, Barron’s

“What’s the VIX and How to Trade It Using ETNs” – Brandon Chapman, Forbes

“Buying Opportunity Seen in SPX Short Term Volatility” – Daniel O’Leary, EQ Derivatives